Ever since a report appeared in the press that Sushmita ditched a shoot for a shampoo, she has been doubling up with laughter. "That's how well the media knows me," says Sushmita with slight sarcasm. "I'd never default on my work. And party while work waited? This is too outrageous to be funny."
The fact is Sushmita no longer endorses the product she's supposed to have ditched. "I had no contractual obligation. My contract with the product ended in July. In fact, the last shooting for the product took place in July."
There's no hint of exasperation in Sushmita's voice. "I couldn't allow my life to be spoilt by such absurd reports. First they say I couldn't attend the shoot for the ad because I was partying the previous night. Then they say the people who were supposed to shoot the ad kept trying to reach me. Anyone who knows me would know I never switch off my cell. And why would they try to get in touch with me? Wouldn't getting to me via my manager be much easier? The best part is I don't endorse that product any longer. My deal with them ended long back. So which Sushmita Sen were they supposed to be waiting for? But then this is small compared with marriage plans that are made for me every month."
Sushmita Sen won't allow anyone to spoil her fun. "What do I do with false stories about me? Let them spoil my day? No way! I leave the rumour mongers to deal with their own conscience."